Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Paris Here I Come

You Belong in Paris

Stylish and expressive, you were meant for Paris.

The art, the fashion, the wine!

Whether you're enjoying the cafe life or a beautiful park...

You'll love living in the most chic place on earth.

What a coincidence! I found this quiz, decided to take it and voila, Paris is where I belong. Well, it just so happens that I'm going there in 5 more sleeps. Paris, Avignon, Madrid, and back to Paris before flying home. So I'll be back towards the end of June!



I love setting the table. Dishes and table linens appeal like nothing else. Walking through displays in stores or looking at various magazines inspires me. This was the table I set for a romantic Valentine's day dinner with my husband. I moved the round kitchen table in front of the living room fireplace. The tablecloth is just a piece of organza type fabric that I cut and hemmed. I made napkin ties out of the same fabric and tied them loosely. Flowers, candles and cinnamon hearts completed the table.


Christmas 2006. White tablecloth, red table runner, snowflakes cut from vellum paper and individual boxed gifts wrapped in white paper and tied with red ribbon. Pillar candles in the center on a chrome tray. Simple, but it was so pretty. My china is Royal Doulton's Lavendar Rose, so the reds and pinks go well.
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Friday, May 18, 2007

Guess what I did this morning

Yes, I planted my garden. Does anyone want some tomato seedlings? I started them in the house and I have no more room in my garden beds what with all the squash, beans and lettuces as well. The temperature here is pleasant but cool. It rarely gets warm enough here on the island for me to feel the heat. A perfect day for working outside - especially since rain is in the forecast for the weekend.
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Time for a Rest

This used to be avocado green velour. I like it much better now and so do my daughter and son-in-law to whom it belongs. The top is removable for cleaning. I made a bunch of pillows last fall in the same red toile with solid red piping around the edges.
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Thursday, May 17, 2007



My three beautiful daughters. I had fun making these aprons for them and trying to suit them to their personalities. I always worry that people won't like the things I make, but I can't stop making things anyway.
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Friday, May 11, 2007



I don't know why the roses didn't show up yesterday - here's another try.
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Sweet Roses

Although I didn't sign up for Britt Arnhild's Caring Bloggers Rose Day, I was inspired to post a couple of pictures of roses from my garden. These were taken last summer since no roses are in bloom here yet.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Paper Fun

On Saturday my husband was over in Anacortes looking at sailboats. I played at home, making tags for Raesha's tag swap. These are NOT tags for the swap, but I was inspired to make more.

And a card.
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Ready to Go!

Did you see this in Marie Claire Idees?

Here's my version. It's in black linen with free-hand embroidery done in a variegated 6-strand silk thread from Gloriana. My husband and I are going to France and Spain on June 4 and this will be my book-toting, water-holding, guidebook-stashing bag.

The original bag in the magazine was not lined. I lined mine (in white to make things easier to find) and added a zipper closure.
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Days at Home

  Last night after dinner the sunshine illuminating the bouquet of peonies prompted me to grab my camera. I love the frilly elegance of the ...